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Cost of Living

The ACCRA Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and non metropolitan equals 100, and each participant's index is read as a percentage of the average for all places. The index does not measure inflation and data from different quarters cannot be compared because participants change quarterly. The ACCRA Cost of Living Index is based on nearly 100,000 data points gathered primarily by ACCRA members located in 400 cities.

The cost of living data is compiled and published by the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership.

ACCRA Cost of Living Index - 2010 Annual Average

*Published 2/11/11

Metro/Micro Urban Area and State 100% Composite Index   13% Grocery Items  29% Housing  10% Utilities  9% Transportation  4% Health Care 35% Misc. Goods and Services 

Harrisonburg VA Metro
Harrisonburg VA

 97.0  97.5  96.5  97.0  90.4  100.7  98.6

Staunton-Waynesboro VA Micro Staunton-Augusta Co. VA

96.1 98.3 93.4 100.3 94.5 98.0 96.6

Charlottesville VA Metro

106.9 101.2 122.3 101.0 90.6 94.3 104.0

Richmond VA Metro
Richmond VA

 104.4  103.6  102.9  114.1  100.8  112.4  103.1

Washington-Arlington- Alexandria
DC-VA-MD-WV Metro
Prince William VA

 139.9  107.9  225.8  97.5  109.3  103.2  103.7
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